Photo By: John Warren / Brampton Beast
November 15, 2015 was a big day at the Powerade Centre in Brampton for so many reasons.
Not only was it Military Appreciation Day, presented by Kotak Law, but hockey legends Johnny Bower and Don Cherry were in attendance alongside hundreds of members of the Canadian military. Not only did the Beast come away with a convincing 6-3 win over the Kalamazoo Wings, Beast forward Scott Howes led the charge with four points, including the Beast ‘Goal of the Year’.
Military Appreciation Day is a day the Beast players and staff look forward to every year. This past season, the Beast teamed up with Nainesh Kotak of Kotak Personal Injury Law and Wounded Warriors Canada.
Mr. Kotak was instrumental in making this game one to remember. A strong supporter of the Canadian military, Kotak purchased just under 1,000 tickets to the game that were distributed to members of the Canadian military and their families to allow them the opportunity to relax and enjoy a Beast game with their loved ones; a small token of appreciation to military personnel to thank them for their service and dedication to our country.
Hockey’s biggest military supporter, Don Cherry, as well as Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Johnny Bower were in attendance and kicked off the day with a ceremonial puck drop, much to the delight of the 3,033 fans in attendance.
The fans and special guests in attendance didn’t have to wait long for the action to heat up on the ice.
Dawning special Remembrance Day jerseys, the Beast started off the game strong. Scott Howes notched his first of the game in the opening 10 minutes, picking up a loose puck in the slot and sending a quick shot over the glove of K-Wings goaltender Clay Witt to give the Beast a 1-0 lead.
But then what followed just a few minutes later was something quite spectacular.
Following a big scrum behind the K-Wings net, Howes would pick up the puck from behind the net, then perform a sneaky pivot move to cut out front into the slot. He sent the puck between the defender’s legs, spun around in front of the crease to lose his man and somehow managed to get enough wood on the puck to slide it underneath the goaltender’s pads and into the net.
The 3,033 fans in attendance rose to their feet in celebration of this unbelievable goal, which ignited the rest of the squad throughout the remainder of the contest. Luc-Oliver Blain, Mike Vernace, Mathew Maione and Brandon Marino each lit the lamp down the stretch, giving the Beast a decisive 6-3 victory, putting a ‘Don Cherry’ on top of an already incredible night.
‘Beast Authentics’ is a one-of-a-kind game-used memorabilia program designed to offer fans the opportunity to own a piece of Beast history in the form of a variety of exciting game-used artifacts, including goal-scored pucks, game-worn jerseys and more.
The commemorate the Beast’s Number Four moment of the season, today’s feature Item is a game-used puck used by Scott Howes to score a goal during this game on November 15, 2015 and is available for only $20.
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